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The Bug Jar
The Bug Jar | Ava Black
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For make-up salesgirl Samantha Holland, life is a constant struggle to cling to reality. Her tenuous hold on sanity is exacerbated by a toxic affair with wealthy and powerful State Representative Richard Harrison, who gets sadistic pleasure toying with her already confused mind. But Sam comes closest to losing her grip when Harrison's emotionally disturbed stepson is murdered--and the police suspect her. When Harrison tries to break off their relationship, Sam tries to save herself by piecing together patchy memories of what might be her own involvement in the killing. The truth she uncovers is more sinister than she could have imagined.
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Thanks to all the fabulous readers and crime writers for turning up at last night‘s Noir at the Bar, NYC at Shade Bar in Greenwich Village.
Writers pictured above (from L to R) are:
Thomas Pluck, John Vercher, Jen Conley, Scott Adlerberg, Rob Hart, Hillary Davidson, Alex Segura, Angie Kim, Ava Black, Adrian McKinty.

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“If you liked The Girl On The Train you will love this book.” —Shamus-Award Winning Author, Paul D. Marks
“Eloquent and moving.” —Book-of-the-Year Award-Winning Author, Renee James
“Excellent debut....” —Raymond Benson, author of James Bond (1996-2002).

Find out why award-winning authors and avid readers raved about a novel that literary agents deemed, “too non-commercial for mass-market readers.” Now available at a special price on Amazon.

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Join award-winning authors in a New-York-Magazine-recognized setting on Sunday, July 14, the day after Thrillerfest, for readings from their latest crime fiction publications. Topics to be explored include mental health, gentrification, and murder.
No admittance fee. No minimum drink purchase. Book giveaways which included signed copies!
Hope to see you there.
Noir at the Bar
Shade Bar
241 Sullivan Street
Greenwich Village, Manhattan

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Jilly6183
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I finally got a chance to read this and I really enjoyed it! Bipolar and schizophrenia run in both sides of my family, so I'm familiar with the symptoms and how difficult it can be for those who suffer with these diagnoses, especially when they're not receiving the right treatment. Thank you for sending me your book and sharing this story with me, @Ava_Black ! I'll be sure to spread the word!

Ava_Black Thank you for taking the time to read. My great aunt had schizophrenia and it affected us all in different ways. Its definitely a subject that needs to be more readily addressed. 8mo
Ava_Black Apologies for delayed response. Was out of the country. 8mo
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Blush of Love. What a shit name. Why don't they call it "Overpriced-Tinted-Beeswax-For-Those-Desperate-To-Belong-To-The-Suburban-Chicago-Clique Pink?" That'd be more fitting. (p. 1)

Made me laugh out loud more than it probably should, but it's so apt.

@24in48 #24in48

My cat photo-bombed. #GhostCat #catsoflitsy

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I really enjoyed this one!! And I agree with you!! 🤣🤣 10mo
zsuzsanna_reads This looks good. I love the title too! 10mo
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julesG
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#manicmonday @JoScho

Book: Ava Black - Bug Jar (because that was the face I made when I read what @Ava_Black had written into the signed copy for me)
Film: Star Trek Into Darkness - hello Baddie Cumberbatch
Song is easy: Coldplay - A Sky Full Of Stars

Quite like the emoji idea!

gradcat Coldplay!! 🥰❤️👍 Cumberbatch!! 😍💘👌🏻 (edited) 11mo
Tanisha_A That song! 🤩 11mo
JoScho Perfect song 🖤 11mo
Ava_Black Thank you! Honored. ❤️ 11mo
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Thank you to THE BOOK CELLAR in Lincoln Square (Chicago) for hosting tonight‘s spectacular reading of THE BUG JAR. And thank you to the readers who took time from their busy schedules to attend. Standing room only!

Cinfhen Wonderful!!! Glad to see book is getting attention 💜 11mo
Ava_Black Thank you @Cinfhen ❤️ 11mo
Djspens You had me at your bio! Fresh fiction for twisted minds..... I must read your book! #TBR 9mo
Ava_Black Thank you @Djspens. I hope that in some way, it moves you. Apologies for delayed response. Was out of country. 8mo
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Hello, Littens!
You are invited to discuss how mental illness, mistresses, murder, and one very nasty politician influenced the Chicago-based psychological thriller THE BUG JAR on Sunday, January 13 at 57th Street Books in Hyde Park, Chicago, from 3 p.m until 4. This event is free! All are welcome.

BookishMarginalia Wish I were in Chicago! 11mo
Ava_Black @BookishMarginalia Wow! What a compliment! I wish you were, too! 🙂 11mo
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you thank you thank you!!!!! I love these books so much! And I haven‘t read either of them but have been wanting to for some time now so this was such a perfect gift! Thank you for thinking of me but most of all thank you for being you and for your friendship! This past year would not have been the same without you!!! I truly hope you have a magical Christmas!!! Love you dear friend!!! ❤️🎄☃️😘

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome!!! I hope you and your sweet boys have a wonderful Christmas!! Love you 🎄😘❤️ 12mo
Ava_Black @BookaholicNatty Hope you enjoy! Happy holidays. : ) 12mo
BookaholicNatty @Ava_Black I can‘t wait to read The Bug Jar!!!!!!! Thank you so much for the warm wishes! I wish you and your family a happy holiday as well! So happy your on Litsy too!!! ❤️😘🎄☃️ 12mo
Ava_Black @BookaholicNatty Thanks for the enthusiasm! I hope it meets expectations. Enjoy you winter break. : ) 12mo
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Cinfhen
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Well this was a quick and entertaining read! Thank you again to @Ava_Black for sharing her book with me🧡 I honestly did not see some of those twists coming and I consider myself a savvy reader 😁

Ava_Black Yay! Glad there were some surprises and that you enjoyed it! 13mo
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quirkthenerd
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This just arrived today and words can‘t express how excited I am! Thank you so much @Ava_Black for sending this all the way to me and also for the lovely inscription. I can‘t wait to begin!

Ava_Black Your receiving it is as exciting for me as it is for you! Thank you for taking a chance on an indie novel. It's thrilling to see it out in the world! ❤️Hope you enjoy. 13mo
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A big Thank You 🙏 to author @Ava_Black for generously sending me a copy of her book! I look forward to reading this and this fits perfectly for one of the prompts of my reading challenge this year. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving 🧡 🦃 🥧.

Dragon Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🥧🧡🍁 13mo
CoffeeNBooks I really enjoyed reading this book! 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Dragon No holidays here but Happy Thanksgiving to you! 🧡 13mo
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erzascarletbookgasm @CoffeeNBooks Good to know, Harper! 👍 13mo
AmyG It‘s so fun! 13mo
Ava_Black Yay! So glad it arrived intact and fits into your challenge! Hope you enjoy! 13mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous cover 💫💫💫 13mo
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Chicagoland Littens:
Meet the latest mystery sensations on Saturday, Nov. 24th at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore in Forest Park, Il from 10-5. Walk the author gallery to chat with your favorite mystery writers about the latest releases, literary movements, your favorite novels, and other trending topics. I'll be in the gallery from 1-3 discussing The Bug Jar. : )

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Cinfhen
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A really special Thank You and shout out to author @Ava_Black who so generously shipped me a copy of her book!!! I greatly appreciate the monetary expense she undertook, so a reader across the globe could have access to her work. 🙏🏻Looking forward to reading this twisty crime novel.

Ava_Black You're welcome! ❤️ Thanks for the shout out. Glad it arrived safely and hope you enjoy it. 🤗 13mo
emilyhaldi Love this cover 13mo
Victoriahoperose It was so good. I think you will like it a lot! 13mo
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AmyG Enjoy! It‘s a fun read. 13mo
GripLitGrl Such a good read❣Enjoy 13mo
Cinfhen As soon as I finish my ARC, I‘m jumping into this one @Victoriahoperose @AmyG @GripLitGrl Happy Thanksgiving 🧡🧡🧡 13mo
GripLitGrl @Cinfhen Happy Thanksgiving!🍗🍁 13mo
AmyG Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I really enjoyed this one!!! 13mo
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Thank you, Minneapolis for an incredible afternoon filled with champagne, chocolates, and murder at Once Upon A Crime Bookstore! Always so much fun connecting IRL with mystery readers and writers. ❤

vivastory Fun! I somehow never managed to visit this store when I lived there. Was there snow on the ground? 13mo
Ava_Black @vivastory. There wasn't snow on the ground, but it had snowed the night before. It was cooold. COLD! 18ish degrees? Brrr! The store is a dream. Cozy, well-stocked, friendly owner, rare books, exactly how you want an indie bookstore to be. Lovely! 13mo
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It arrived!

Thank you, @Ava_Black ! I love the dedication.

Guess I know what I'll be reading for the #24B4Monday #readathon @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid.

Ava_Black Yay! Glad it arrived safe and sound. Are those bluebird tattoos? Very nice! ❤️ 13mo
julesG @Ava_Black Thank you! Not exactly bluebirds but blue birds and green birds and black birds along an infinity sign. One half-loop is a feather in blues and greens, there are the names of my children in the bottom of each loop. 13mo
Ava_Black @julesG Awww...that is so sweet. ❤️ 13mo
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Victoriahoperose
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I really enjoyed this book. It started out strong and then dove into so many directions that kept me interested and curious. Underneath the mystery and suspense there was a glimpse into the horrors of the mental health system and the way people are treated who suffer from any form of mental illness. I loved the ending and how much was packed into this short novel. Thank you @Ava_Black for the opportunity to read your book!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved it also!!! 13mo
Ava_Black @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Victoriahoperose Wow! Thanks, guys! ❤ Yes, was definitely trying to practice word economy with this novel so ever sentence felt like it punched. : ) (edited) 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ava_Black I love reading fiction books that deal with mental illness. I deal with the real thing everyday with my patients at work and my mother unfortunately. I loved your work and I‘m looking forward to reading what you write next!! 13mo
Ava_Black @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you so much. And thank you for doing what you do. Love to you and your family. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ava_Black thanks Ava ❤️😘 13mo
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GripLitGrl
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This is a gripping read the main character Samantha Holland has a mental illness that is not properly cared for or diagnosed. I found myself turning the pages wanting to get to know Samantha better. Is she a unreliable narrator, how is she able to hold herself together with every plot twist & turn?
Check out my full review:
https://griplitgrl.wordpress.com/2018/11/15/the-bug-jar-by-ava-black/?preview=tr...

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one!!! 13mo
GripLitGrl @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌 yes it was a real page turner! 13mo
CoffeeNBooks This was a great book! 13mo
GripLitGrl @CoffeeNBooks Agreed a great read👍 13mo
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@Ava_Black this just arrived, thank you so much. Thank you also for the lovely inscription and I agree, mental health issues should not have any stigma and be treated as seriously as any physical health problems. It‘s a great book and a treasure for me now ❤️❤️

Ava_Black ❤😘❤ 13mo
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Amabear
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Sure cat- you can use my book to scratch your face 😂
Living with my sisters cat, when Iv never really owned a cat, is interesting. And occasionally scary. (She‘s so silent and comes out of nowhere 😂) but she makes a good reading buddy. ❤️

RaimeyGallant My cat is relentless about that. 13mo
cherinium Face rubbing is a method of scent marking for our kitty friends. 😻 It's a good thing that she is doing it on something that belongs to you. 💕 13mo
Amabear @cherinium lol weird!!! But cool 13mo
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Amabear
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Starting this one tonight.

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I really enjoyed this book!! Just when I thought I had things figured out there would be another twist!! Mental illness is a condition that I see unfortunately everyday. I wish there was more help for these patients! I loved Sam and I loved the ending!! Can‘t wait for your next book @Ava_Black 👏🏻👏🏻

Ava_Black Yay! Yes! Thank you! ❤️ 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ava_Black you‘re welcome!!! ☺️🙌🏻 13mo
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AmyG
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I needed a quick, good book to read this weekend on my trip out east and this fit the bill. A story of a woman accussed of murdering her lover‘s step son. But she has mental illness and has just recenty been correctly diagnosed. She begins to question what happened and begins to find the truth. A real page-turner and just a fun read.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CoffeeNBooks

And thank you @Ava_Black

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m almost done!!! It‘s so good!! 13mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! I liked the mystery of it, and trying to put all of the pieces of it together in order to make sense of the puzzle. I made a few wrong assumptions and was surprised at the end. As you're reading, you wonder what's reality, and what Sam is experiencing due to her mental illness, just as she does as she's coping with her life.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG

AmyG Yes. I figured some things out and was completely surprised by other things....which is what made this a fun read. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m almost done!! Lots of twists!! 13mo
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I‘m on chapter 17 @CoffeeNBooks and @AmyG !!
Really enjoying this one and can‘t wait to see what happens next with Sam! I heard this song today and it made me think of this book and Sam!

It‘s so sad that so many people deal with this everyday.. My mother being one of them... 😔

https://www.google.com/search?q=im+a+mess&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safa...

CoffeeNBooks Yes! At times, Sam reminds me of Amy Dunne from Gone Girl, at other times I feel like she's just caught in the middle of everyone else's mess. And I'm really trying to figure out what Kozakowski's perspective is on all of it. 13mo
CoffeeNBooks I'll probably end up finishing this tomorrow- I'm so curious to see how it all ends!! 👀 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CoffeeNBooks what‘s your take on Mark? I feel sorry for him one minute, but then I think he‘s going to be controlling the next... 13mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks And that dang Richard!! What a POS!!! 13mo
AmyG I finished. There are many POS‘s in our his book. 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I don't want to give anything away, since I think I'm farther along in the book, but I felt the same way about Mark at first. And Richard... it just keeps getting worse. 13mo
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Trying out the holiday coffee flavors this morning. Of these three, my favorite is the Eggnog. Two more holiday flavors to try tomorrow morning. #coffeeandabook

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks & @AmyG - my goal is to read through chapter 28 today... although I might not be able to put it down! I'm compelled to keep reading at this point to see where it's going.

AmyG Enjoy. Lots of twists and turns. I will finish it on my plane ride back to CO. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m on chapter 13 Harper! I‘ll try to make that my goal too!! 13mo
AmberWB I have become a bit addicted to Bones coffee.... 13mo
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CoffeeNBooks @AmberWB Me, too! What are your favorite flavors? 13mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm throughly enjoying this book @Ava_Black! I read half of it today and will definitely finish the other half tomorrow, because I can't wait to find out how everything ties together, and how everyone fits into the story!! 13mo
AmberWB @CoffeeNBooks Jacked O Lantern, Coconut Rum and Shark Bite- so far. I haven‘t tried the holiday flavors yet! 13mo
Eos462 I love their coffee, but its just so damn expensive for what it is. I really liked Jack'd O' Lantern and the White Russian. Electic Unicorn is not good. im a sucker for those mugs and logo 13mo
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Saturday morning #coffeeandabook. This strawberry cheesecake coffee is super yummy!!

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks & @AmyG- Do we have a reading schedule for this book? How much have you two read so far?

hermyknee Oh yes! It‘s delish! 💖💖💖☕️☕️☕️ Are you going to try any of their holiday flavors? I‘m debating purchasing their sampler... 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @hermyknee Oh yes- I ordered the holiday sampler pack the other day- I'm going to start trying the holiday flavors tomorrow. I'm obsessed with this coffee and can't stop buying sampler packs so I can try all the flavors! 🤣 13mo
MommyOfTwo I just recently got my first bones coffee order. It‘s so good. I need to order the holiday ones too yum! 13mo
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CoffeeNBooks @MommyOfTwo Did you get single-origin or flavored? What's been your favorite? 13mo
MommyOfTwo I‘ve gotten flavored, the only one I‘ve opened so far is the s‘mores one and it‘s delicious 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @MommyOfTwo I love the s'mores one, too! It's one of my favorites! 13mo
Aims42 Yummy sounding coffee 😋 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think Amy is almost done!! I‘ve barely started... life and work 🤷🏼‍♀️ 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm only at the beginning of the book, too. 😁 13mo
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Hoping to get some reading done this weekend!!!
#Pumpkin
#FallintoReading

Cathythoughts Lovely pic ! I‘m hoping to get some reading done too ... but I have already been taken away from the book for today 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cathythoughts thank you Cathy!! I‘m going to read for a while and go back to sleep! I‘m up too early!! 13mo
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Book mail! @Ava_Black I got it! Thank you so much. The inscription was so nice 😊 I am so happy to have this one for my singed shelf. Thank you a million times !

Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson No, thank you! What a great sight to see and note to read after a long day. ❤️ 13mo
Marilyncjackson @Ava_Black lol that‘s exactly what I thought when I got the mail@after work ❤️ love it oh and the cover is great the pictures don‘t do it justice 13mo
Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson How cool! The cover was tricky. The first one was rejected, then 4 more were proposed and this was the one that Beth, the person who the book is dedicated to, liked. (edited) 13mo
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Jilly6183
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Yay to book mail! Thanks again @Ava_Black ! Looking forward to reading this!

Ava_Black @Jilly6183. Thank you so much! Hope it meets expectations. ❤ 13mo
JennyM It‘s so lovely to see this book popping up in my feed recently from our own litten author @Ava_Black 13mo
Ava_Black @JennyM You don't know how incredibly moving it is to have a Litten, a passionate reader, call me a Litten author. After all those years of the NY agents saying that readers won't want this book...all those years. Thank you. Also, I think you entered the giveaways multiple times and didn't win? To be totally honest, I have 2 copies left. If you'd like one, or know someone who would, feel free to email your address to avablackbooks@gmail.com ❤️ 13mo
JennyM @Ava_Black you are very kind, thank you. We are all cheering for you - and we are so glad to have you here with us at this wonderful bookish community that is Litsy. Enjoy the read @Jilly6183 13mo
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I‘m ready!! Are y‘all?! 🖤❤️🖤❤️
@CoffeeNBooks @AmyG

“Normal is a state of mind that sane people disregard.”

CoffeeNBooks Yes! 13mo
Ava_Black @AmyG @CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks WOW you guys! Just...WOW! Thank you! If you have any thoughts or questions you'd like to discuss, please don't hesitate to email me at Avablackbooks@gmail.com. Readers let the writer's voice be heard. Thank you. ❤ 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ava_Black you‘re very welcome!!! I started last night! Loving it!!! ❤️ (edited) 13mo
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AmyG I am travelling to a wedding this weekend....and this is my plane book. Very excited. Thank you SO much @Ava_Black for the offer. Ha...I have never read a book and had access to the author for wuestions! 13mo
Marilyncjackson Awesome 😎 13mo
Ava_Black @AmyG. You're welcome! Safe travels. 13mo
Ava_Black @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loving it? YAY! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
AmyG Our flight‘s delayed so I started the book. It‘s going to be a wild and fun read. Very excited! (edited) 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG be safe!!!! 💗💗 13mo
AmyG So...I flew threw most of this on my flight yesterday...and alot of fun. Hope you are enjoying it! 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I‘ve been working so not much progress 😬😬😬 13mo
AmyG Hope you have time soon to sit on your beautiful porch and read. I eon‘t get to finish until my flight back home on Sunday. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I‘ll have to finish in my bed! It‘s going to be too cold this weekend 😫😫😫 13mo
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#AmazonGiveaway
Still haven't won your copy of the 5-star #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR yet? Don't fret! Head on over to Amazon to enter the #Kindle giveaway from today, Monday, Nov. 5, until next Monday, Nov. 12. 25 entrants will win! Good luck! 🍀
#giveaway #giveaways

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INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL POP-UP GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate the iconic Mysterious Bookshop in NYC stocking the new psych thriller THE BUG JAR, you can now win 1 of 5 signed copies on Litsy! Drop your favorite author quote and country of residence below, before 3p.m. CST on Sun., Nov. 4th, for your chance to win. 2 of 5 copies are reserved for Littens outside the U.S. Winning Littens may message a mailing address to Avablackbooks@gmail.com. Good luck! 🍀

Amabear “Reader I married him” -Jane eyre 13mo
Jilly6183 "And once the storm is over, you won‘t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won‘t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won‘t be the same person who walked in. That‘s what the storm‘s all about."
- Haruki Murakami
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erzascarletbookgasm “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.” Angelou 13mo
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Ava_Black Wow @erzascarletbookgasm @Jilly6183 @Amabear, those are powerful, and the Jane Erye quote was shocking! 13mo
Marilyncjackson Thank you @Ava_Black. This is one of my favorite quotes “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” Erasmus. I live in the USA 13mo
quirkthenerd “And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” - Paulo Coelho 💛 (edited) 13mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook One of my favourite quotes of all time: "A difficulty is a light. An insuperable difficulty is a sun." - Iris Murdoch 13mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Pressed send by mistake! South Africa 🇿🇦 13mo
Ava_Black @MommyWantsToReadHerBook No worries. South Africa! Gotcha. 🙂 13mo
Victoriahoperose Favorite quote - “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” (The Great Gatsby). I‘m from the US - thank you for hosting the giveaway 😊😊😊 (edited) 13mo
Cinfhen “The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”
― Elie Wiesel I‘m currently living in Israel 🇮🇱 Thanks for the chance to win a copy
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julesG Thank you for this giveaway. I live in Germany. "Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." 13mo
quirkthenerd Forgot to add, I‘m from Canada. Thank you for this opportunity @Ava_Black ☺️ 13mo
Lel2403 “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one - George RR Martin.”.....I live in the UK 13mo
TheBookBabes This is so wonderful! I live in Canada and one of my favourite quotes of the year has been from Meg Wolitzer‘s The Female Persuasion— “I think that‘s what the people who change our lives always do. They give us permission to be the person we secretly really long to be, but maybe don‘t feel we‘re allowed to be.” (edited) 13mo
Joy0201 “The past is not dead. In fact, it‘s not even past.” Faulkner. I‘m in the US (edited) 13mo
Ava_Black @quirkthenerd Canada! We're neighbors! Gotcha. Thank you. : ) 13mo
Ava_Black Congratulations to @Amabear @Jilly6183 @erzascarletbookgasm @Marilyncjackson @quirkthenerd @MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Victoriahoperose @Cinfhen @julesG @Lel2403 @BookBabes @Joy0201 ! YOU ARE ALL WINNERS! Please email you preferred shipping address to avablackbooks@gmail.com and your book will be shipped before 11/10! Please note it will be coming via US Postal and may take more than 10 days for international delivery. CONGRATULATIONS! 13mo
Lel2403 @Ava_Black thank you so much. I‘m a bit excited 🎉🎉🎉 13mo
Ava_Black @Lel2403 Welcome! I'm excited for you! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
Marilyncjackson Congratulations to everyone! Thank you for the giveaway @Ava_Black 13mo
TheBookBabes Eeeeek!!! Yay!!! Thank you @Ava_Black 13mo
Ava_Black @BookBabes 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎉Congratulations! You're very welcome! 13mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Thank you soooo much!!! Super excited to read this book xx 13mo
Jilly6183 @Ava_Black Amazing! Thank you much! 13mo
quirkthenerd Thank you so much! I had a little dance party to celebrate... I might be slightly excited 😅 13mo
Ava_Black @quirkthenerd Dance parties are awesome! So glad to hear this brings you joy. Yay! Congratulations! 🎉 Shipping tomorrow. 13mo
Ava_Black @Jilly6183 You're very welcome! 🎊 13mo
Ava_Black @Cinfhen I'm excited to hear that you're excited! ❤️Congratulations! 13mo
Ava_Black @TheBookBabes You're very welcome. Congrats! 🎉 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm What?! Thank you so much! I‘ll drop you an email. I‘m in the international category, which now I realise I did not mention in my comment earlier. 13mo
Ava_Black @erzascarletbookgasm Malaysia? Awesome! Congrats again. Tomorrow your book will be on it's way! ❤️ 13mo
Amabear Yayyyyyyu 😍😍😍😍😍😍 I never win anything! So cool! Thank you!!! 13mo
Ava_Black @Amabear Love it when that happens! So cool! A huge congrats to you! ❤️ 13mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Oh wow, thanks so much @Ava_Black ! 13mo
julesG Thank you so much for this! 13mo
Ava_Black @julesG You're very welcome! ❤ 13mo
Ava_Black @MommyWantsToReadHerBook You're welcome. Congrats! 🎉 13mo
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This book. I could not put it down. I experienced so many emotions while reading this book. There is a slow burn in the beginning, then the end spirals into a tornado of murder, infidelity, and sexy police officers. If you haven‘t read this, you are definitely missing out.

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New York City Readers:
The new psychological thriller THE BUG JAR is now available at the iconic Mysterious Bookshop in Tribeca. It is an enormous honor for this indie pubbed novel to be carried in a bookshop alongside Big 5 new releases and classics. Thank you, Mysterious, for taking a chance on indie! ❤️

Marilyncjackson This is so cool!!! 13mo
Ava_Black Very excited! Thanks @Marilyncjackson 13mo
Cinfhen Congrats!! Looking forward to reading this book....sounds gripping 13mo
Ava_Black @Cinfhen Thank you! Parts of it are based on truth, which is what people say makes it good. Hope you like it. ❤ 13mo
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Less than 48 hours left!
Enter the #goodreadsgiveaway where you can win your digital copy of the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR, featuring Samantha Holland, the mentally-ill mistress of a Chicago mayoral candidate who is accused of murdering his son. Contest closes on Halloween. Good luck! 🍀
#giveaway #giveaways #crimefiction #thriller #mystery #suspense

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was just gifted your book by @CoffeeNBooks ☺️☺️ I can‘t wait to read it!! 13mo
Ava_Black Oh my gosh, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks! That is so cool! Hope you like it. ❤️And thank you @CoffeeNBooks! 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ava_Black I‘m going to buddy read it with @AmyG 🙌🏻 I‘m sure we will love it!! 👍🏻🙌🏻 13mo
Ava_Black @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Be still my heart. ❤️ 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ava_Black ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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Harper! Thank you sooo much for this birthday gift!! When I saw it I was thinking 🤔 hmmm I know I haven‘t ordered anything from amazon!! And then I saw the sweet note inside!! You are awesome and so thoughtful!! Thank you so much!! 💗💗💗💗💗

#BirthdayLove
#LitsyLove

AmyG Hey! I just got this. At some point, want to do a buddy read??? 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG yes!! Definitely! I‘m reading The Masterpiece now and starting Circe! After I finish The Masterpiece? What do you have going?! 13mo
AmyG Let me know when you are ready....and I will be, too. 13mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG awesome!!! 😘 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Happy Birthday!! 💝🎁📚 13mo
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#Goodreadsgiveaway!
Jump to #goodreads to win your digital copy of the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR, featuring Samantha Holland--the mentally ill mistress of Chicago mayoral candidate, Richard Harrison, who is accused of murdering Richard's son. The book is loosely based on a childhood friend, an avid reader, who suffers from bipolar disorder and wanted to share her struggle with misdiagnosis through fiction. Good luck!

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Chicagoland Littens:
Celebrate independently released mysteries at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL during the author's soiree on Sat., Nov. 24 from 10am-5pm. Walk the bookstore's author gallery to interact one-on-one with the Windy City's finest indie writers. Also, discuss the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR, along with writing, rejection, and publication, with me between 1 and 3pm.
#authorevents

JennyM Hope it goes well! 14mo
Ava_Black Thanks, @JennyM Very excited! 14mo
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@Ava_Black I FINALLY received my copy you sent me weeks ago. The post office misplaced it 🙄 I will be starting it tonight!!😍😍 thank you sooo much for signing it!

Ava_Black Holy cats! I'm so sorry to hear that it took so long. This is a good lesson for me to communicate better with readers. Things do get lost in the mail and I can always send another one. Husband runs a side business and the mail loses his stuff, or it gets stolen, few times a year. Thanks for letting me know about the issue. A Friday night is a great time to start reading! Hope you're able to get sucked in! ❤️ 14mo
QuothTheRavenclawNevermore @Ava_Black it isn‘t your fault! We have the most dreadful post office! I didn‘t want you to be out another copy, so I didn‘t say anything 14mo
Ava_Black Aww...thank you for that info. A bad post office is a bummer! Glad you finally got it phew! ❤️ 14mo
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Littens!
WIN a digital copy of the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR during the #goodreadsgiveaway from now until Halloween! 20 entrants will be randomly selected and your copy will be delivered by Nov. 1. Good luck!
#giveaway #giveaways #booklovers #bookworm #goodreads

eanderson Yayyy!!! Good to know! Going to enter right now! 14mo
Ava_Black @eanderson Awesome! 20 winners so your odds aren't bad! Good luck! Also, if you're on #NetGalley, THE BUG JAR is there, too. Thanks for entering! 14mo
tpixie 🎉🎉🎉🎉 14mo
Ava_Black Thanks @tpixie 14mo
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LA CROSSE AREA LITTENS!
Join the discussion about writing, rejection, publication, #mentalillness in literature, and the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR at Pearl Street Books in LaCrosse tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 20 from 2-4 p.m All are welcome. And, oh yes, there will be cheese! Lots and lots of cheese! ❤️
#authorevents #booksigning #bookevent #crimefiction #thriller #mystery #bookevents #womensfiction

Marilyncjackson Hope it is awesome! 14mo
Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson Books! Readers! Cheesecurds! Sure to be a blast! ❤ 14mo
Marilyncjackson Wish I could go lol it sounds perfect lol. Have a good time and some curds for me! 14mo
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Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson Absolutley! Hope to see you at an upcoming Illinois event. Will try to smuggle in some curds. 😉 14mo
Marilyncjackson @Ava_Black lol! I am hoping to be able to get there. Good luck 🍀 this weekend 14mo
Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson ❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
tpixie 🎉🎉🎉📚📚📚 14mo
Ava_Black Thanks @tpixie 14mo
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CHICAGOLAND LITTENS!
YOU are invited to discuss #politicalcorruption, #mentalillness, murder, and how Chicago's political landscape influenced the plot and characters in the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR on Wed., Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at The Book Cellar. Can't wait to see you there! ❤️
#bookevents #chicagolit #chicagoliterary #litevents #authorsignings #womensfiction #crimefiction #suspense #thriller

LaurenReads A year until I move back!! 14mo
Ava_Black @LaurenReads Bummer! I'll be on O.D. Book Blog sometime this month...you could win a paperback copy! Details to come! Thank you for supporting the book. ❤ 14mo
AJones Looks like a lovely place to sit and relax with a good book. 💙📚 14mo
Ava_Black @AJones Absolutley! 14mo
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GOODREADS GIVEAWAY TODAY!

Jump to #goodreads to win your digital copy of the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR from now until Halloween! 20 readers will be randomly chosen to recieve a copy. Good luck!
#giveaways #giveaway #bookblogger #blogger #womensfiction #crimefiction

zzz Thank you! Done✔ 14mo
Ava_Black @JenIsAlwaysReading You're welcome! And thank you for entering! Your support is appreciated. ❤ 14mo
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Congratulations to the new #psychologicalthriller THE BUG JAR which was downloaded 26 times in the past 50 minutes after becoming available just now on #netgalley.
#reviews #bookbloggers #bloggers #crimefiction #mentalillness #reviewers #womensfiction #bibliophile

GripLitGrl Sounds like a real page turner just downloaded my copy👍 1y
Ava_Black @GripLitGrl Wow! That is incredible! Very much appreciate it. Thank you so much! ❤️ 1y
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This is such a great read, with a really original slant. There‘s cheating politicians, dodgy police Sheriffs, honest detectives and the odd mistress all in a clever thriller. It shows that mental health problems are a normal condition that should be treated just the same as any physical health problem. I really enjoyed this and while a cliche, I really couldn‘t put it down...

Jee_HookedOnBookz I love books like these! 1y
Ava_Black Holy cats! Can not believe you read it so fast! Thank you! ❤️ Hope that you are near and can make it to one of the book events. Thank you for reading. : ) 1y
Lel2403 @Ava_Black ahh I wish, I‘m in The UK 1y
Ava_Black You're in the UK? That is so exciting! I'm thrilled that UK readers have found this. How cool! Thank you! ❤️ 1y
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”She‘s also got the intelligence to know that drugging me is a great way to accomplish her mission—nobody would believe a depressed, possibly bipolar, insomniac tripping on acid when she says she‘s a state representative‘s lover who suspects his wife is intimidating a witness into withholding evidence about the murder of her son.”.....loving this book

gobecauseyoucan wow!! sounds good! 1y
AmyG I just won this and I am so happy to hear it‘s good! 1y
Lel2403 @gobecauseyoucan @AmyG I‘m really enjoying it... 1y
Ava_Black Wow, you guys! After over 100 rejections from literary agents for being "not commercial enough for a mass market," giving up for 3 months, then self-publishing it randomly in the middle of the night...you can't imagine what that means to an author. Readers are everything. Thank you. 1y
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POP-UP GIVEAWAY!
Happy Friday, Littens! Celebrate the week's end with a free paperback copy of the thriller The Bug Jar. Enter NOW, Friday, Oct. 5, between 7 and 9 p.m. CST by dropping the name of your favorite book-to-movie adaptation in the comments. One winner will be drawn at 9. If you don't win, don't sweat it. A limited number of Kindle copies will be given away on Goodreads starting next Friday, October 12. Good luck!
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Mccall0113 The Godfather 1y
TheBookAddict The Help 1y
Elma Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 1y
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Jerdencon An oldie but the Pelican Brief 😀 1y
Librarybelle Austenland 1y
CouronneDhiver Another oldie but goodie: 1y
AsYouWish I have a lot of favorites, but I would say Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I love both the book and the original movie with Gene Wilder. 1y
Ava_Black These are all such great books! 1y
Sassy_Steph Eat pray love 1y
JennyM This for me was fantastic - made me ugly ugly cry! 1y
Ava_Black Thank you for entering, Littens! The drawing is now closed. In a few minutes I'll be back to announce the winner, but if you didn't win, remember you can enter the Goodreads giveaway starting next Friday, Oct.12 to snag your free Kindle copy. Again, thanks for entering. Happy reading! ❤️ 1y
Ava_Black A big congratulations to @AmyG for winning tonight's giveaway! Amy, please email your shipping address to Avablackbooks@gmail.com, at your convenience, to claim your win! Your paperback will be shipped on Monday! 👏🏻🎊 1y
AmyG Wow. Thank you so much. 1y
Ava_Black @AmyG. Welcome! Wish I could do more paperback giveaways like this on Litsy. Lots of fun! 1y
AmyG It was so nice of you to do a giveaway. I look forward to reading this. 1y
Marilyncjackson Congratulations @AmyG . Thank you @Ava_Black 1y
AsYouWish Congrats @AmyG 📚🎉📖🎊 1y
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Chicagoland Littens!
Join the discussion about political corruption, scandalous affairs, mental illness, and murder on Sunday, January 13th at 3 p.m. @57thStreetBooks in Hyde Park. The new psychological thriller THE BUG JAR will be discussed as well as Chicago's social and political influence on the novel.
#bookevents
#authorevent
#booksigning
#bookdiscussion
#booktalk
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Marilyncjackson Wow this is in my neck of the woods I hope I can go. 1y
Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson I hope you can, too! It'd be great to see some friendly faces there...plus, this is an extra special event because the first time I read sections of this book in public, when it was still unedited and unpublished, was 2 years ago at 57th Street. Will be surreal to hold the actual book, not manuscript pages, and read it to actual readers. Very special. 1y
Marilyncjackson @Ava_Black So cool! I wish I had anything I wrote published. (Other than in a literary magazine for college.) Even is I can not go I wish you the best of luck and I think it is awesome that you are doing this 😊 1y
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Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson If you'd like, you can jump to my FB/Twitter/IG pages where I talk about writing and rejection A LOT. Have over 100 rejections on this one. Feel free to message me about your writing journey anytime. I totally get it. 1y
Marilyncjackson @Ava_Black you are so awesome! I will find you in Facebook this weekend. 1y
Ava_Black @Marilyncjackson ...and congrats on your publications. Every single one is something to be proud of! (edited) 1y
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Looking forward to starting this...

Ava_Black Wow @Lel2403 I am truly honored that you chose this. Readers mean everything to me. Thank you. 1y
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